New Study Says: The More You Hang Out With Your Mom, The Longer She’ll Live

Make sure you call grandma over for dinner tonight.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco found that loneliness plays a large role in the decline so often associated with old age. The study followed 1,600 adults, with an average age of 71 — despite controlling for socioeconomic status and health, the lonely consistently held higher mortality rates. Nearly 23% of lonely participants died within six years of the study, as opposed to only 14% of those that reported adequate companionship.

Inviting Grandma over for dinner may actually extend her life — and increase its quality — a new study shows.


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